Convert your Internet Explorer favorites into Galeon bookmarks!

Do you need to migrate bookmarks from IE to Galeon?

Have you ever used Microsoft Internet Explorer? I know: it's sad to admit, but some people have... If you are one of those, you may have a number of bookmarks (Internet Explorer calls them "favorites") stored in a strange format, with a whole filesystem subtree and one separate file for each bookmark.

Maybe you want to convert those "favorites" into bookmarks for Galeon. If this is the case, IE2G could be useful to you.

IE2G: what is it?

IE2G is a Perl script that converts your Microsoft Internet Explorer favorites into a Galeon bookmark file.

It is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. It should be usable on any system with a Perl interpreter and ls(1).

IE2G is not difficult to use: run it from the command line, with the --help option, in order to get a brief usage help.


IE2G is designed to convert Internet Explorer favorites that are stored in a filesystem subtree. For those versions of Internet Explorer that save favorites into a single file, you will need a different tool... sorry!

IE2G was developed back in 2001 and 2002 and no longer updated (since the author no longer needs it and nobody else seems to care any longer). IE2G supports two different Galeon bookmark output formats (the ones used by Galeon versions 0.8.2 and 0.12); Galeon later switched to the standard XBEL bookmark format, which is not supported by IE2G. If you need to convert your Internet Explorer favorites to an XBEL file, you can try the following procedure: use IE2G to obtain a Galeon bookmark file in the old format (as used by Galeon version 0.12), copy the resulting file to ~/.galeon/bookmarks.xml and then start Galeon. If you are lucky enough, your Galeon version will still be able to convert from its old format to XBEL!

Latest release

The latest version is 0.24

All released versions can be found in the Savannah download area


version 0.24 (2002-03-17)
Fixed the directory-with-only-unreadable-url-files bug. Some code cleanup.
version 0.23 (2002-03-02)
Fixed the unexecutable-directory-infinite-loop bug.
version 0.22 (2002-02-28)
Fixed the malformed-url-file-infinite-loop bug (thanks another 1.0E6 to Justin Casey for the bug report!).
version 0.21 (2002-01-27)
Fixed two bugs: the empty-category bug and the executable-url-file bug (thanks 1.0E6 to Justin Casey for the bug report and for the proposed bugfix!).
version 0.20 (2001-11-08)
Fixed some other bugs in XML code generation.
version 0.19 (2001-11-01)
New feature! Now IE2G supports new Galeon bookmark file syntax (as in Galeon 0.12). It still supports the old one (as in Galeon 0.8.2), as well. Fixed a bug in source/destination directory management. Fixed a bug in XML code generation (thanks for the bug report, Dave Bitton!).
version 0.16 (2001-04-23)
First public release! Fully functional, but limited to old Galeon bookmark file syntax (as in Galeon 0.8.2).

This work is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2. It comes with absolutely no warranty. See the license text for details.